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Dogs on Deployment: Helping Military Members Keep Their Pets

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When Alisa and Shawn Johnson received simultaneous military orders in 2011, the San Diego-based couple realized they would need to make special arrangements for their beloved Australian shepherd, JD. As a newly commissioned U.S. Marine Corps...

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Abandoned Senior Cat With Severe Matting Has Incredible Transformation

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At 13-years-old, Buttercup the cat should have been cuddled up at home enjoying his senior years. Sadly, the feline was abandoned by his family and was left to wander the streets of his neighborhood in Nevada. When the 24-pound Buttercup...

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Army Veterinarians: On a Mission to Keep Military Dogs Healthy

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By Samantha Drake Like their human counterparts, military dogs can get injured or sick in the field. Thankfully, veterinarians who serve in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps are prepared for a wide range of scenarios, from scorpion bites...

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Stress Signals to Watch in Dogs

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Keep in mind that canine stress signals aren’t always obvious. For example, your dog might begin panting even if it’s not hot or he hasn’t been exercising, or he might suddenly stop panting despite heat and activity. Your...

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Dog Park

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Wait a minute—dog parks are meant for dogs, so how can they be a bad socialization option? Dog parks are fantastic in theory, but the reality is that they’re not a great fit for all pups. Dog parks are meant for dogs that are...

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Children's Sporting Event

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Got an all-day soccer match? There’s a good chance your dog would rather skip it. While some dogs are happy to hang out for hours while their human siblings hit the field, for others the noise, the frenetic activity, and friendly strangers...

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Concert

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Even if your dog appreciates music (studies suggest that dogs prefer reggae and soft rock), the reality of a live concert might be too much for him to handle. Take the same concerns about crowds and temperature and add amplified music to...

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House Party

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Your buddy is having a get together and both you and your dog are invited. Taking your dog to a party might seem like a fun way to add to the celebration, but keep in mind that bringing your dog changes your focus. Pet parents at parties...

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Craft Fair

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A day of low-key outdoor shopping might seem like a fun way to pass the time with your dog, particularly as the weather gets warmer. But consider where your focus is during a craft fair; you’re checking out the cool wares for sale...

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Parade

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Everybody loves the excitement of a hometown parade. The crowd standing shoulder-to-shoulder on the sidewalk, the roar of the fire truck passing by, the unidentified flying objects being thrown from floats, the beating drums of the high...

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6 Places That Are Bad for Dog Socialization

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By Victoria Schade You and your dog love having adventures together. Including your dog in your daily life can be great for maintaining his socialization skills, but the fact is, many gatherings aren’t a fit for all pups. Some...

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6 Places That Are Bad for Dog Socialization

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Some dogs are happy and confident no matter the environment, while others prefer to avoid crowds of people or unfamiliar situations. The following list of social events can be surprisingly challenging to many dogs.

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Just What Exactly Is That Giant Chicken That Has the Internet Clucking?

Filed Under Lifestyle & Entertainment

The Internet is no stranger to making animals into bona fide stars (looking at you, Grumpy Cat).But more recently, Twitter rallied behind a creature that downright mystified thousands: a giant chicken. On March 19,a video of said chicken...

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EuroCan Manufacturing Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Pig Ears

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EuroCan Manufacturing, an Ontario, Canada-based manufacturer of dog treats, is voluntarily recalling one lot of its individually shrink-wrapped pig ears due to potential salmonella contamination. The recall affects the following brands...

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Mothball Toxicity in Pets: What You Need to Know

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by Jennifer Coates, DVM The incidence of mothball poisoning in pets is quite low — 158 cases were reported to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) between 2002 and 2004. But that becomes irrelevant when it’s your...

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5 Things You Need to Know About Dog Dewclaws

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by Jennifer Coates Take a look at your dog’s feet. How many toenails do you see? Most dogs have four nails on each rear foot and five on their front feet. That extra nail on the upper, inner part of a dog’s foot is the dewclaw....

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How to Shoulder Train Your Bird

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by Vanessa Voltolina LaBue Whether you’re an enthusiast or a newbie to the avian world, you likely know the fun in letting your bird hang around outside of its cage. However, letting your flying friend out requires some training...

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Blue Buffalo Recalls One Lot of Wet Food for Adult Dogs

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Blue Buffalo, a Connecticut-based pet food manufacturer, has voluntarily recalled one production lot of wet food for adult dogs, due to potentially elevated levels of naturally-occurring beef thyroid hormones. The recall is limited to...

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Behind the Scenes: What Your Pet's Overnight Vet Visit Is Like

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So your beloved pet needs to spend the night at the animal hospital.Who will it be harder on?You or your pet?Depending on the type of hospital you are admitting your fur baby to, shemay have a variety of experiences.But all are safe, comfortable,...

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Kitten Found Paralyzed in Storm Drain Now Up and Walking

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At just 2 months old, a black and white kitten named Talleyrand wasin a life-or-death situation: the young, abandoned feline had fallen down astorm drain. Even more distressing, she was paralyzed and had no movement in her hindlegs or tail. The...

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WellPet Voluntarily Recalls Beef Topper Canned Dog Food

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Tewksbury, Massachusetts-based WellPet, the parent company that produces Wellness pet food and treats, is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of one canned dog food product that has the potential to contain elevated levels of naturally occurring...

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New York City Shelter Dog Survives Snow Storm After Getting Lost

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We're all familiar with the old adage of cats having nine lives, but the story of aresilient dog named Pandy may give us reason to believe that canines can have the same kind of luck. On March 14, New York City (along with much of...

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In the Trenches: True Tales from an Emergency Room Vet

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Boing… Boing… Boing… The white fluffy football bounces from hill to hill with bristly whiskers and that fluffy, cotton tailof course. Where is it going to go next? Only the limping lagomorph knows. It stops for only a second...

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Melatonin for Dogs: Is It Safe?

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By Helen Anne Travis Melatonin is a hormone that occurs naturally in the bodies of pets and people. As a supplement, it can help us and our canine companions relax, de-stress, and sleep. It may also help with certain medical conditions. While...

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Nervous Dog? Your Behavior Might Be the Cause

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What makes a dog nervous? Some dogs are very anxious and nervous to begin with, while others are nervous due to their owners being stressed and anxious themselves. The environment that a dog is raised in can have a tremendous impact on their...

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